Chateau Cauhape Jurancon Sec ‘Chante des Vignes’
South West France
Min. Quantity: 3
Jurancon is a wine region in South West France, located at the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains. The Chateau Cauhape Jurancon Sec, 'Chante des Vignes' is a beautiful, aromatic and dry white wine made from Gros Manseng grapes and Camaralet grapes. These grapes are known for keeping their acidity all the way through the ripening process, producing refreshing white wines that have intense aromas and flavours. Fresh citrus; oranges and grapefruit feature along with cinnamon and other spices. Lovely texture. Take yourself to the South West of France with a glass of this superb wine. Pairs well with grilled scallops or prawns.
Made from 60% Gros Manseng and 40% Camaralet, crushed, destemmed then macerated on skins for 12 hours before pressing. Cool-fermented in stainless steel and matured on lees for 5 months.
Drink within 5 years of release.
The appellation Jurançon is well-loved by sommeliers and found in all the best restaurants of France and around the world, yet sadly it remains off the radar for many wine lovers. Not so nearly 500 years ago, when the future King of France Henry IV, was baptised in Pau with the traditional garlic and a spoonful of Jurançon wine. That year was 1553 and just five years later in 1558 a small rural property was entered into the register of lands under the name Caussapé. And it was on this property in 1980, then his parents’ farm, that Henri Ramonteau established Domaine Cauhapé.
Since those beginnings on just one hectare, Henri has built up the estate to today’s area of 47ha and it has become the most renowned producer of Jurançon wines, both dry and sweet. Here, only half an hour west of Pau and 100km from Biarritz, Domaine Cauhapé enjoys a temperate Atlantic climate in the rain shadow of the Pyrenées. With the warm, dry föhn wind blowing in from the south and ventilating the vineyard, botrytis is not a factor. The sweet wines are made from late-harvested fruit picked from October onwards, in some years all the way into January, resulting in wines of great complexity and purity.
The estate is planted substantially to the exotic native varieties, Gros Manseng and Petit Manseng, whilst Henri has also set about reviving three other old native varieties: Camaralet de Lasseube, Lauzet and Courbu Blanc. All vine work is done by hand and all the fruit is hand-harvested and hand sorted. The sweet wines are picked in successive tries. Vinification is done in a mix of stainless steel and barrel, depending on the cuvee, but it’s Henri’s famously meticulous nature that underwrites the legendary status of the wines.
About South West France
The South West wine region, in France, includes several appellations and sub appellations such as Cahors, Cotes de Gasgogne and Jurancon. Although the South West of France is south of Bordeaux, most of the grape varieties in this region are not grown in Bordeaux and the style of the wine produced differs significantly. The main wines produced are Cahors (mostly made from Malbec grapes), Madiran (made from Tannat grapes) and Jurancon, a dry or sweet, aromatic white wine that has high acidity (made from the Petit Manseng grapes).
Wine Body: Light Bodied, Medium Bodied
Wine Sweetness: Dry
Non Alcoholic: No
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